MERC Stealth Keyboard
Pretty nice gaming keyboard
I have owned one of these for a little over two years now and am still quite happy with how it performs. The lights still shine bright and it still operates flawlessly.
The keys have a slight rubberized coating, making them comfortable for long typing. The Merc macro keys which are located at the top are pretty nice, although I never personally used them much. You can change the back lit colors to either red, blue, or purple.
I play many types of games, and I can say that this keyboard was made for the FPS gamers. on the left hand side you can see the "palm controls" which basically outlines all the keys you would normally use (many MMO's share the same key functions as well). This area is contoured to be ergonomically comfortable and doesn't stress the wrist at all.
My only complaint with this keyboard is the fact that because it is so big, the arrow keys were mashed in with the number pad. This took some time to get use to. You will also be using the "num lock" key a lot if you use the home or end functions (or if you need to ctrl+alt+del).
If all they did was add the illumination...
If all they did was add the illumination, that would have maintained the 5 stars. Too bad we can't go higher than five stars for this excellent keyboard. The design is similar to the original one, but it also has rubberized portions for better comforability.. 5 stars!!!
The Best for Me
I own this keyboard and have owned several others like it by other manufacturers. The keyboard is the best I have owned for gaming. You can program it like the Logitech models but for me having the Circular pad on the left-side and mousing with my right-hand is the best.
I never liked using a querty keyboard for gaming. I want to buy another of these so when mine wears out if ever I will have another. Key pressure and feel are outstanding as well.
I bought this keyboard for my computer games, and I am now thoroughly spoiled on it. It's now getting old and I need a new one. I've tried 'standard' boards that say they are for gaming, and I can't do anything on them anymore. It's MERC Stealth or bust.